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  • Oct 19, 2013
In a dramatic change of careers, a fiberglass Muffler Man statue on the side of a busy Los Angeles freeway, formerly known as "Golf Guy," traded in his clubs for a Porsche driver's suit a couple days ago. It's no coincidence, as he's standing on land that the German automaker bought from the Dominguez Hills Golf Course a couple years ago to build its west coast Porsche Experience Center - which will be complete with a test track, restoration and maintenance facilities, a cafe and restaurant, a home for Porsche Motorsports North America and more, when it's finished in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The Porsche Muffler Man will serve as the gatekeeper to the 53-acre center and overlook the test track on the side of the 405 freeway. We can't think of a better job for a fiberglass giant that used to watch golf all day than to watch Porsche road cars and racecars getting wrung out on a test track in the middle of LA. Since Muffler Men are quite adaptable, we're sure this one will fit into his new role in no time - just as easily as he can double as Paul Bunyan.

Check out the press release below for more information on the Muffler Man and the experience center, which could be the ultimate adult playground when it's finished.
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PORSCHE UNVEILS NEW LOOK FOR MUFFLER MAN LANDMARK, SITE OF NORTH AMERICA'S FIRST PORSCHE EXPERIENCE CENTER

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15, 2013 - After breaking ground on the Porsche Experience Center in August, Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) is making progress on the 53-acre facility located in Carson, Calif. The Center will overlook the Porsche Test Track, which offers drivers a variety of track configurations and surface conditions on which Porsche road cars can be studied, along with the human performance of the drivers themselves.

To celebrate the construction progress, yesterday Porsche unveiled a new look for the iconic Muffler Man fiberglass statue, located off the 405 freeway. He now proudly wears a Porsche racing suit and serves as gatekeeper for the Experience Center site.

The new complex will feature the Porsche Human Performance Center and sports science lab, offering customized programs to maximize personal fitness and wellness for race car drivers and endurance athletes. The world-class facility will also include a business and conference center; family-friendly cafe; upscale restaurant; and, trackside viewing, dining and conference spaces that will be available for car clubs and corporate clients to reserve for events.

The complex will be home to Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA), who is moving their current operations from Santa Ana, Calif. PMNA sells production-based race car models to customer teams in North America and provides them with parts, service and expertise in between races and at the track. For the first time ever, Porsche will also be able to provide factory-backed classic car restoration and maintenance services at the new facility.

The Porsche Experience Center has already been a boon to the local economy, as the luxury automaker has invested $28.7 million and created 310 jobs during the project development phase. Once operational, the facility is expected to result in the creation of 135 additional jobs and generate $22.5 million in economic activity each year for Southern California.

Porsche broke ground on the Carson facility in August 2013 and anticipates that construction will be completed and facility operations will commence during the fourth quarter of 2014. A second North American Experience Center is also under construction in Atlanta, part of the company's new U.S. headquarters.

About Porsche Cars North America
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars, the Cayenne SUV and Panamera sports sedan. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 189 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand's 63-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency.

At the core of this success is Porsche's proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.


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      VinnieL
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is one of these big fiberglass guys in my hometown too. It's been in front of Babe's Lightening and Mufflers forever.
      Richard J Lawrence
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was wondering what happened to him. I am glad to see he was able to get a new job.
      El Matador
      • 1 Year Ago
      It has been like that for a couple of weeks. Really looking forward for that track.
      chadrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is awesome! We still have one of those here in Flint. Love finding these fiberglass characters in the US.
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      fabulous71
      • 1 Year Ago
      He was due for a new outfit. I drive by him on the way to my office every morning and am looking forward to seeing him in his new duds.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      So PCNA will be headquartered in Georgia, and PMNA in L.A.?
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